--What is the essence of my lesson?
--How can I streamline my curriculum to emphasize the important stuff?
--What is the important stuff?
--Where do I want to be by June?
--What do I need to get rid of to make room for my passion? What needs to go?
--What do my students need?
--How can I reach that unreachable kid?
--How can I be more present in the lesson?
--Where is the negativity and how can I get rid of it?
--How can I develop more gratitude and compassion in the classroom?
--What do I need to do to take care of me?
--What steps do I need to take to involve (or ignore) the administration?
--Do I need to create physical space in my classroom or spend time decluttering?
--What personal or professional development do I need?
--What steps should I take to take care of my health, as it relates to teaching?
--How will I cope with the stressors thrown at me by The Education Machine?
--Which teachers, leaders, or programs do I want to align myself with, interact with, or follow?
--And will there be cookies?
I’m excited about how much more effective I will be in the classroom if I am able to answer even a handful of these questions, and can put those answers into play.* The alternative means doing things the way I’ve always done them--and that’s just so 2014. TZT
*If these questions are helpful to you, I would love to hear how you put them into play.